DIY Rustic Farmhouse Table

Does anyone else fall in love with something ridiculously expensive, put it in your online shopping cart knowing you’ll never spend that much on it, then obsess over it for a while? Just me? It’s OK – you don’t have to raise your hand, I know you ‘serial shopping cart abandoners’ are out there.

I knew I wanted a rustic farmhouse-esque table for our dining room, but I couldn’t bring myself to spend the $1500+ they are at Pottery Barn or West Elm. So being the amazing Supervisor/Forewoman that I am – I knew this was the perfect job…for Leep.

It all started with a butcher block counter top we found at our local home goods store. It was about 9 feet long, which was too big for our space so we first cut it to size – about 6 ft.


Once it was cut to size and the edges sanded, it was time for a couple coats of stain and sealant.

Now, to make this beauty stand! We used 2 – 4x4s cut to the appropriate height for our chairs. This is not the place to use an exact measurement others use, but better to “sit” at it with your chairs and cut the legs to your desired height as some chairs sit taller than others. We also used 2 – 2x4s to create an under-edge and supports. We probably didn’t need so many cross supports since the table isn’t huge – but what can I say, Leep likes a sturdy table.

Once everything was ‘measured twice and cut once‘ to the proper length, it was time to stain the underside pieces to match and put it all together. We used wood screws to attach all the parts together and L brackets to attach the bottom structure to the underside of the table top.

Voila! I say this beauty can stand tall and proud next to those $1500 tables. We were able to make it custom to the size that best fit our room & chairs and choose a stain that matched our decor. Costing about a total of about $220.


15 thoughts on “DIY Rustic Farmhouse Table

  1. frenchapple10 says:

    Hi great table! I hope you don’t mind me asking a question or two. I noticed that you did not add the typical cross bars under the table to support the legs. Do you find that the table is sturdy enough without them? I am looking to build one and prefer the style and look of yours. Thanks.


    • Monica Malmgren says:

      Hi frenchapple! Sorry for the delay – been a crazy busy life lately. Our table is very sturdy without the leg support. I think the extra cross supports under the table top also help maintain it’s sturdiness and help to not need the showing leg supports.

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    • Monica Malmgren says:

      Hi Martin, we used “L” brackets with smaller screws to attach the table top to the under bracing. Then screwed the legs directly into the under bracing from the sides. This way there were no nail/screw holes on the top surface.


  2. Ray says:

    Was this a measure cut and screw together
    Project, with no printed plans? If so my compliments to you. This Table is awesome
    I would prefer a printed plan to go by. If their is one please direct me there. Once again fantastic job. You could be potential for a


    • Monica Malmy says:

      Hi, Jack – We used multiple ‘L’ brackets to attach the top to the leg brace. This was we were able to screw one side into the leg brace and the other into the underside of the top. Just make sure your screws are short enough they don’t poke through the top surface. I’ll see if I can add a picture of it for you!


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